Home Maintenance, Saving Money, Tips

How To Save Money On Repairs

Here are a few tips and tricks for saving money on repairs – Keep track of your manuals.  I have a binder wherein I keep the manuals for all of the tools and appliances that we buy.  Quick tip – If you’ve lost your manual, check online.  Search by manufacturer and model number. Check to see if the item is under warranty.  Remember those little warranty cards that come with the stuff you buy?  They’re important!  Keep up with them – and register stuff.  If something breaks, and it is still under warranty, you may have it repaired, or replaced, for free! See if you paid for the item with a credit card.  I know, I know.  I’m no fan…

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My DIY Adventures

Over the past few years, I’ve worked to improve my DIY skills.  Here are a few of the projects I’ve tackled – with an eye towards saving money and doing it myself. I replaced the garbage disposal below our kitchen sink.  This project was relatively simple.  I worried a little bit about the electrical connection, but I figured it out.  The disposal connects to the bottom of the sink via a special bracket and connects to the dishwasher via a long hose.  Prior to disconnecting the old disposal, I snapped several pictures of its various connections.  When connecting the new disposal, I referred the the pictures, and installation was a snap. I built three shelving units for our kids. We have…

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Get Rid Of The Stuff You Do Not Use

Several years ago, I decided to take control and rid myself of the stuff that I did not use.  I gathered some cardboard boxes, and went to work, removing the clutter from our home.  I went through our closets, cabinets, dressers, and drawers.  I separated our unused stuff in to four boxes. Box 1 – Give It  – I encourage everyone to consider donating a portion (or all) of any unneeded items to a local clothing bank or homeless shelter.  Many of the folks who live in shelters need office-appropriate attire, for when they go to job interviews.  We also try to find good homes for our kids’ used toys.  We only donate items that are in usable, wearable, or…

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